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Happening This Week:

Sunday, May 13

Happy Mother's Day!

8:00am Worship
9:00am Coffee Hour (4th - 6th Grade Kids)
9:15am Sunday Spark (last day)
9:15am W/ELCA Meeting
10:30am Worship and HS Graduate Recognition

Monday, May 14

6:00pm Spring Cemetery Cleanup (Rain Date 5/21)

Tuesday, May 15

7:00pm Council

Wednesday, May 16

9:00am Good Enough Construction Crew
9:00am Quilters
7:00pm Baccalaureate at Peace Lutheran


Thursday, May 17


Friday, May 18


Saturday, May 19


Sunday, May 20

8:00am Worship with Communion
9:00am Coffee Hour (Youth)
10:30am Worship with Communion


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Prayer Concerns


Prayers are requested for

Norma Hampton, Amber Schiller, Sandi Cross, Karen Mattson, Greg Nelson, Stuart Nelson, Donna Karis, David Mrdutt, Tammy Karis, Erik Priebe, Chad Mortimer, Merri Taylor (Michael Doll's sister), Nellie Lee, Heidi Hazzard's father Dan, David Karis, Judy Mrdutt, Brandon Witt, Sandy Koziol, Harold stueber, Cathy Smith, Eric Skramstad, Donna Jensen, Roger Neumann, Janice Melby, Nancy Knutsen, Mandi Landman, Ted Johnson, Judy Luehmann


Deployed: Nick Fehlen and Melanie Nelson

Blain Mortimer at Regions Hospital, St. Paul
Jery Sandahl at Lakeview in Stillwater
Ted Johnson at United Hospital, St. Paul


Members in Nursing Homes

June Peterson  and Gloria Bottolfson at Golden Age Manor
Sophia Malone at Gables Health Center in NR
Norma Johnson at Christian Community Home in Osceola
Wayne Bottolfson at Our House in New Richmond


Members Recuperating at Home

Paul Kammerud, Arlen Luehmann, Kelly Carlson, Earl Foss, Mary Johnson, Kathy Kloetzke, Dale Bliese, John Hofland, Judy Weiss

Please keep them and their families in your prayers.


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* High School Graduates - Today, during the 10:30 worship service, we will recognize the following HS Graduates and ask God to bless them as they begin the next phase of their lives:
Brady Berg, Haakon Carlson; Luke Clark, Samantha Demulling, Brandon Erdman, Brett Erdman, Lindsey Fauley, Jack Feldt, Dallas Hoefs, Colin Kammerud, Sophie Kammerud, Sydney Mork, Madelynn Stener, Josie Sundt, Colter White, and Jada Wyman.

A Baccalaureate Service for all HS Graduates will be on Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00pm at Peace Lutheran Church.


* Cemetery Spring Clean-Up - Tomorrow, May 14 at 6:00pm. A light dinner will be provided. Please come help keep West Immanuel's cemetery looking beautiful. Rain date will be Monday, May 21.


* Yard Sale Alert! We're now in the season of yard sales and garage sales. This gives you an opportunity to support world missions by watching for baby items that can be added to LWR Baby Care Kits. Things to watch for include: lightweight cotton t-shirts, sleepers (w/o feet), reeiving blankets, and hooded sweatshirts. Those items will be gladly received in "LWR" bins at church and in servant hall. Green cards including "shopping lists" are available in servant hall.


* Open Cupboard Food Pantry - Thank you to members who have been contributing gifts of food to the Food Pantry in Osceola. If you prefer to donate cash gifts, envelopes marked "Osceola Food Pantry" are available in the narthex.


* Bars Needed for Baccalaureate - West Immanuel has been tasked with providing two pans of bars for the Baccalaureate service for graduates on May 16. Please let Pastor know if you can help with this!


* Readers and Power Point Operators Needed - We are in need of people to read the texts at services and also to help run the Power Point. It is really simple and someone can show you how! There is a sign-up in the narthex for readers and if you're interested in helping with the Power Point please let Lisa, Bethany, or Pastor know. Thank you!


* Thank You Trish! - Today marks Trish's last day as Sunday School Superintendent. Trish has served in this important capacity for many years and we are so grateful for her dedication. We want to thank Trish for her hard work and we wish her well!


* 3rd Annual West Immanuel Rummage Sale - May 31 and June 1, 2018 from 9:00am - 5:00pm and June 2, 2018 from 9:00am - 12:00pm.

ITEM DROP-OFF - You can drop items off immediately in the church basement or at Servant Hall beginning May 14. We cannot accept appliances, TVs, or electronics such as DVD/VCR players, cameras, etc. We will accept working radios and alarm clocks!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR: Sorting and pricing items starting May 14; Working the Rummage Sale - especially important! Any and all hours welcome!; Set-up and tear-down of the sale; Saturday, June 2 from noon - 5:00pm - we will need volunteers to tear-down and cleanup. We also need pickups and trailers to transport leftover items!

COOKIE SALE - We will be having a cookie sale in conjunction with the rummage sale. If you can help with this activity, please let us know!

YOUTH CONCESSIONS - West Immanuel Youth will be selling various concession items during the rummage sale as well.

Committee Members to Contact: Bea Williams (715-417-0219), Sue Kittel (715-417-0727), Clarice Johnson, Jena Toenjes, Luann Gustafson, Judy Everson, Pam Peterson, Judy Hunt, Judy Luehmann, Art Holle.


* Envelop Our Youth Fundraiser - Would you like to help our youth attend the 2018 ELCA National Youth Gathering? So far we have received 44 filled envelopes that add up to $2029! We have passed the $2000 mark - we are 10% to our goal! THANK YOU!! This does mean that we have 156 envelopes left to fill. Can you help? An assortment of envelopes will be on a bulletin board in the church narthex as well as on a larger bulletin board in Servant Hall for you to fill. You simply pick up an envelope and put that dollar amount in the envelope and return it to the church. When all 200 envelopes are filled, we will have raised $20,100 for West Immanuel Youth Ministry! Funds raised will help our youth attend national gatherings, mission trips and any other Christ-Centered events that we are blessed to attend.


* Gift Cards for Sale! Would you like an easy way to support our youth without spending any extra money? Try Scip - our gift card fundraiser. We currently have several cards available for purchase immediately and can order more if you need something special. Talk with Lisa today about picking up some of the following cards that we have on hand: Ace Hardware; Bath & Body Works; Bed, Bath & Beyond; BP Gas; Cabela's; Caribou Coffee; Dairy Queen; Holiday Gas; Great Clips; Kohls; Kwik Trip; Menards; Mill's Fleet Farm; Outback Steakhouse; Papa Murphy's Pizza; Red Lobster; Ruby Tuesday; Taco Bell; and Walmart. You pay face value for the card, we make a profit when we purchase them. Thank you all so much for your support! Talk with Lisa if you want to know more about how to order online.


*VBS 2018 God's Good Creation - August 5-9
5:30 - Supper; 6:00-8:00 - VBS
August 12 - Presentation and Singing during 9am Worship

We are looking for youth and adult volunteers to help with registration, skits, crafts, simulation activities, snacks, supper, and music. Talk with Sue Kittel or Lisa Martinson to add your name to the fun group of volunteers and help make this VBS a great experience for our children!


The Polk County Fair for 2018 will be hld from July 26 to July 29. Phone calls will start in a few weeks for volunteers, so please clear your calendar now and consider representing West Immanuel in one way or another. Thank you!



For All Youth - Grades 6-12

Annual Rummage Sale - May 31 - June 2. All youth are encouraged to come in and help with the rummage sale. We will be selling concessions and will also be needed to setup, cleanup and help with some of the daily tasks that make this a super sale. A signup sheet will be on Lisa's bulletin board for you to help. Friends can come and help too!

Polk County Fair Concessions Stand Volunteers are needed - you will be contacted to help with the concession stands at the Polk County Fair this summer (July 26-29). The funds raised help many local and national charities. Your help will help West Immanuel serve the Lord by serving His people!

For students in grades 6-8

Hang Time @ Caribou in Osceola from 6:30 - 7:45pm. We are certainly having fun on Mondays and would love to see new faces! We will NOT be meeting on May 21 and will resume on the 1st and 3rd Monday nights in June (June 4 & 18). Hope you can come and join us. 

7/8th Grade Sunday Mornings - this is the last Sunday of the Sunday school year for Studio 7/8. We've had some great discussions through the year and I look forward to getting together again next fall.

For students in grades 9-12:

Save The Date: High School Youth Mystery Dinner Party - "Mystery at the Dadwood Saloon" Sunday, June 3, 4:30pm at Lisa's Home. Invitations have been mailed to all youth in grades 8-12. RSVP's will be needed by TODAY for the assigning of your parts. Be ready for some fun!

Wedesnday Night Youth Nights - We are enjoying the conversation and idea sharing! We'll meet from 7-8:00. Come and join us when you can, we would love to see you. We will not meet on Wedesnday, May 16 or May 23. On Wedensday, May 30, we will work on and rehearse for the worship services.

2018 ELCA National Youth Gathering Information:

Another payment on your account (any amount is fine) would be greatly appreciated. Don't forget to send out your Stockholder letters.

Upcoming Calendar Items:
May 31 - June 2 - Selling donuts, cinnamon rolls, popcorn & water at the church annual rummage sale.
June 24 - 9:00am - Commissioning Worship Service. We will be serving Coffee Hour Treats after worship.
June 26 - July 1 - 2018 ELCA National Youth Gathering
July 15 - Gathering Presentation & Stockholder Brunch
July 26 - 29 - Polk County Fair Concession Sales